The 65th annual Choctaw Indian Fair kicks off next week for four fun-filled days of culture and spirit including Tribal arts, crafts, dances, native foods and the thrilling action of World Championship Stickball.

This year's fair, which starts Wednesday, July 9 and will continue through Saturday, July 13.

On the first day of the Fair, gates wil open at 11 a.m.

Several cultural and arts and crafts activities will take place throughout the day including blowgun and rabbit stick demonstrations and social dancing.

Chief Phyliss J. Anderson will have opening ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m. before the 65th Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant at the amphitheatre.

Twelve young ladies will compete for the crown in the Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant beginning at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, July 10, World Champion Hoop Dancer Derrick Davis will be perform at 7:30 p.m. with country music star Chris Young following at 8:30 p.m.

Also, the Umatilla Schimmel family, a family with deep roots in basketball, will be at the fairgrounds for two free shows of the Schimmel Experience in the Choctaw Central High School gymnasium.

"Basketball is extremely popular here on the Choctaw Indian Reservation and the Schimmel family's success story is widely known in Indian Country," said Chief Phyliss J. Anderson. "They are a great inspiration to many of our Choctaw tribal members and we are excited to greet them with our warmest welcome!"

Two free shows will take place at the CCHS gymnasium on Thursday, July 10 at 12 p.m. (Red Show) and 2 p.m. (Blue Show). Tickets for these shows are available on a first come, first serve basis due to a limited quantity. Those interested in attending one of the shows can pick up tickets July 7, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. or July 9, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oak Room at Dancing Rabbit Inn.

Christian rock artist David Crowder will perfom at 8:30 p.m. on July 11 with Got Gospel Singing Callenge, a Pre-Fair event, winner performing before at 7:30 p.m.

Eli Young Band will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11.

The World Series of Stickball began June 30 and will continue with the Men's Division Championship Game at Warrior Stadium on July 11.

The third annual REZ Run will take place Saturday, July 11 at 7 a.m. The run is held in Choctaw, MS and trails through the reservation of the Mississippi Choctaw and the Choctaw Indian fairgrounds.

The Iron Warrior competition is slated for Thursday through Saturday at the Pearl River Gymnasium Parking Lot.

The competition will include men and women.

Competitors must sign a waiver and pay $25 registration fee.

Pre-fair activities have already started. The midway will open on Saturday, July 5 at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 8, Family Night at the Midway will begin at 5 p.m. and the Got Gospel Singing Challenge will start at 6 p.m.

The Men's 35 and Over Division and Women's Division Championship Game will also take place beginning at 6 p.m.

Pre-Fair tickets are available at the Pearl River Resort Welcome Center until July 6.

Adult season passes are $20 and student season passes are 10. Day passes for adults are $12 and students are $7. Kids ages 5 and under get in free.

For a fair schedule and for more information visit www.choctawindianfair.com, the Facebook page (choctawindianfair) or call the fair line at 601-650-7450.